The Vatican has opened for the first time an investigation into the disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi, the daughter of a Vatican employee who disappeared in 1983, following the family's request.
This was confirmed to EFE by the family's lawyer, Laura Sgro, who explained that they have asked the Vatican for information on one of the tombs found in the Teutonic cemetery inside the papal State, but also to be able to listen to some people and copy of some documents.
Sgro pointed out that although the Secretary of State authorized the opening of an investigation, she does not yet know which of these requests the Vatican will accede to.
"After 35 years, the Vatican finally investigates officially about the disappearance of my sister, Hopefully the moment of truth and justice will come for Emanuela," Pietro Orlandi told Italian media, noting that for the first time there was collaboration.
The Orlandi family asked in March the secretary of state of the Vatican, Pietro Parolin, the opening and information of one of the tombs that are in the Teutonic cemetery inside the pontifical State, after last summer they received an anonymous letter with a photo of the grave with the phrase "Find where the angel indicates".
According to Sgró, then after some investigations it was discovered that the tomb was opened at least once and that the dating of the statue is different from that of the slab.
The tomb is located in the Teutonic cemetery, inside the Vatican walls, where once was the so-called Circus of Nero, place of martyrdom of many of the early Christians, and later became the property of a German foundation.
In this cemetery, leaning on one of the walls, there is a statue of an angel holding a sheet with the Latin text "Requiescat in pace" (Rest in peace), while on the gravestone there is a funerary inscription dedicated to the princess Sofia and Prince Gustav von Hohenlohe, who in 1857 was named archbishop by Pope Pius IX.
The Orlandi case, the 15-year-old girl who disappeared on June 22, 1983, when she was leaving the music school of San Apolinar in the center of Rome, and since then there has been no news about her whereabouts, has always been surrounded by mystery for the existence of several theories of involvement from men of the Vatican Curia, the Banda de la Magliana (the Rome mafia) or the attack on John Paul II by the Turkish Ali Agca.
The family has spent years trying to find clues to what happened and in 2012 they requested an investigation when unidentified bone remains were found next to the tomb in the Basilica of San Apolinar by Enrico De Pedis, head of the "Banda de la Magliana" , the mafia of Rome during the 70s and 80s.
The clue that someone had ordered the band to kidnap Orlandi was one of the hypotheses evaluated during the investigation, especially after De Pedis's girlfriend, Sabrina Minardi, confessed that the girl was kidnapped at the direction of US Archbishop Paul Marcinkus. , then director of the Institute for Religious Works (the IOR, better known as the Vatican Bank) "to give a warning to someone".